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Program Code: GVOL0776M

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Weekly on Mondays

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Every week



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GVI Program Abroad


$140 scholarships available. Book by 31 August*

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If you feel that community empowerment should be an important consideration in economic decisions and believe in the concept of conscious capitalism, then this is the program for you. In this program, you’ll discuss the benefits of having local knowledge and community buy-in, and how these can be major factors in achieving developmental goals.

Join our Advanced Social Development program to learn more about the process of measuring impact and how this is a fundamental step in contributing to initiatives such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). This program will provide you with advanced knowledge in the fields of human rights, global health and community development, as you learn how to contribute to real-world impact projects.

Skills you’ll acquire

After completing this course you’ll be able to:

  • discuss how income influences the overall health and livelihood of a community
  • measure an organisation’s social and environmental performance
  • explain what community development is and how local context impacts program development and best practice
  • analyse the factors involved in global health issues and solutions
  • discuss the various achievements and failures of justice systems and the part they play in upholding human rights.

Is this program for me?

This online program is designed for anyone looking to gain a more in-depth knowledge of advanced social development or to start up their own social enterprise. It’s for those who wish to understand all the different aspects that contribute to successful impact projects. Everyone from working professionals to high schoolers, college students and graduates will benefit from the insights being shared.

Course Curriculum

This program includes our Human Rights and Global Health courses. In the Human Rights course, you’ll first learn about the 30 universal human rights and how local factors affect implementation. You’ll discuss the rights of specific groups and current human rights debates. In the Global Health course, you’ll learn about past and current global health issues and possible innovations. You’ll also discuss universal health coverage and how power and politics influence public health policy.

Another fundamental part of this program is our Community Development and Impact Measurement courses. In the Community Development course, you’ll learn about how community development initiatives fail and how to avoid this. In the Impact Measurement course, you’ll learn how to create an impact measurement plan and implement it. You’ll also learn how to set up and manage effective data collection.

The program also includes our Careers in Sustainable Development and Leading Teams for Impact courses. In the careers course, you’ll learn about different careers in sustainable development and learn how to network, write a resume, submit an application and impress during an interview. In the leadership course, you’ll find out how to set goals, give feedback, manage conflict and identify different roles of team members.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

This course includes material related to these Goals
COURSE 1 : Global Public Health
Orientation to our online learning platform
Module 1 : The Evolution of Global Public Health
Module 2 : Global Health Issues
Module 3 : Universal Health Coverage
Module 4 : Health Policy, Power and Politics
Module 5 : Innovation in Global Health Delivery
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COURSE 2 : Human Rights and Advocacy
Orientation to our online learning platform
Module 1 : Human Rights Introduction
Module 2 : International Normative Framework Around Human Rights
Module 3 : Cultural Relativism and Regional Issues
Module 4 : The Rights of Specific Groups
Module 5 : Current Issues, Debates and Ways Forward
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COURSE 3 : Community Development
Orientation to our online learning platform
Module 1 : Introduction to Community Development
Module 2 : Understanding a Local Context and Its Priorities
Module 3 : How to Engage with Communities
Module 4 : The Ethics of Stakeholder Management
Module 5 : Best Practices in Community Development
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COURSE 4 : Impact Measurement
Orientation to our online learning platform
Module 1 : Introduction to Impact Measurement
Module 2 : Planning for Measurement
Module 3 : Implementing Your Measurement Plan
Module 4 : Managing and Using Data for Impact
Module 5 : Applying Impact Measurement Principles
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COURSE 5 : Careers in Sustainable Development
Orientation to our online learning platform
Module 1 : Career Paths and Opportunities
Module 2 : Your Values and Ways to Make an Impact
Module 3 : Career Mapping and Choices
Module 4 : Building Your Profile and Personal Brand
Module 5 : Securing Your Dream Job
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COURSE 6 : Leading Teams for Impact
Orientation to our online learning platform
Module 1 : Introduction to Team Leading
Module 2 : Planning and Setting Team Goals
Module 3 : Preparing by Creating a Safe, Supportive Environment
Module 4 : Presenting and Communicating With Your Team
Module 5 : Performing and Developing a Leadership Style
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Earn a certificate

Want to show colleges, universities and employers that you’ve got the knowledge and skills covered in this course? Once you’ve successfully completed any of our courses, we’ll send you a digital certificate of completion at no additional cost. The certificate will feature the official name of the course and your name. Add the certificate to your college application, your graduate school application, your job application or your LinkedIn page.

Your course experts

Dr Lindi van Niekerk

Medical Doctor and Health Innovator
Dr Lindi van Niekerk has designed and led health innovation projects around the world in partnership with a wide range of organisations. She co-founded the Social Innovation in Health Initiative (SIHI) with the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases based at the World Health Organization (WHO). As SIHI’s principal investigator, she researched 25 social innovation models across 17 countries. She also led the establishment of social innovation research hubs at universities in Malawi, Uganda and the Philippines.

Corey Barr

Human Rights Consultant
Corey Barr is a human rights consultant specialising in gender equality. She regularly consults with globally recognised organisations such as Amnesty International, the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), the United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). She’s also served as Program Director at Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) where she developed gender-related human rights courses.

Elisabeth Richardson

Sustainable Business and Social Enterprise Leader
Elisabeth Richardson holds an MBA and has worked in leadership roles at businesses and non-profits that focus on solving social and environmental problems for nearly 20 years. She developed the standards behind the B Impact Assessment, a platform designed to measure and manage a company's positive impact, is a regular speaker at conferences such as TedX and has been published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Candice Clark

HR Practitioner and Career Coach
Candice Clark, a certified life coach, has spent over a decade as a human resource (HR) practitioner and has led hundreds of individuals in making crucial career decisions. Her background is in psychology and she’s a specialist wellness counsellor registered with the Association for Supportive Counsellors and Holistic Practitioners (ASCHP). She’s currently completing a Master’s of Public Health (MPH).

Cheryl Martin

GVI Regional Director of Asia
Over the course of nearly a decade working with GVI, Cheryl Martin has led hundreds of leadership training courses around the world. Originally starting her career as an early childhood development teacher, Cheryl has over 25 years of experience as a classroom teacher and spent five as an assistant principal. As GVI’s regional director of Asia, Cheryl oversees the development of GVI staff across the Asian subcontinent.

Jill Walker

GVI Director of Operations
Jill Walker has spent more than a decade in leadership positions across GVI’s many sustainable development projects around the world. As GVI’s director of operations, she oversees the development and training of dozens of GVI’s mid-level managers. Jill holds a MSc in environmental education, and she’s currently completing an integrative coaching certificate.

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